Where the hell have I been for the past YEAR!?!
That’s a fair question. I have a pretty decent response, but let’s begin at the beginning.
My last blog post was now over a year ago and dealt with Pokémon, my personal history with the game franchise, and what, at the time was the fairly recent introduction of Pokémon GO into the Pokécanon. So when answering the question of where the hell I’ve been; in part I’ve been stalking through my neighborhood and local parks catching virtual rats and pigeons.
But that hasn’t taken up nearly as much time as you might suspect.
The thing that has really been keeping me waylaid and out of the blogging game has been the arrival of my second daughter! That’s right my wife and I now have TWO kids!
At the 11th hour of my wife’s pregnancy we were informed of one slight complication in the form of our daughter being breech. So that was a bit of a shock and resulted in my wife being admitted to the hospital the very next day for an unplanned C-section! Thankfully everything worked out well and we were immediately thrust back into parenting-an-infant mode!
It has been great having another child in the house and I do really love tiny babies. Some of my happiest memories have been when my children have been 3-9 months old. During those months they really start to become more aware of their surroundings and respond in new and funny ways. In that time they develop their own personalities and little quirks which will go on to influence their toddler years.
So naturally with a new child in the house I wanted to spend some quality time with the family. I needed to comfort and support my wife as she recovered from not only pregnancy and childbirth but also major surgery which was required to pull that kid out of her! I also wanted to make sure daughter #1 wasn’t feeling neglected so I made sure to spend some quality time with her during these past months. And of course the new youngling needs to have some solid daddy time during which I can imprint myself on her developing psyche!
Now we’re chasing around a hectically cruising one year old while vigilantly protecting her from the dangers of her own curiosity!
And as if all of this was not enough on May 31st of 2016 the first episode of a podcast I co-host was launched!
TRIO SIMPATICO is a varied-form podcast which covers a mélange of pop culture subjects! My fellow co-host David Tavolier and I had wanted to do a podcast for a while. We enjoy digging into the interests and obsessions of our friends and people we know and figured why not combine the two?! So here we are over a year later with 30+ episodes under our belts focusing on pop culture subjects ranging from comic books to doughnuts and we’ve got plenty of ideas for the show going forward!
You can find all our episodes at simpaticopodcast.com or look for Trio Simpatico on itunes.
In addition to working a regular day job which pays the bills that pretty much sums up where the hell I’ve been for the past year. All that and I’ve even been able to squeeze in some incidental writing during that time, one work in particular was used on the podcast for one of our Halloween episodes. I am constantly working on writing project or another and as daughter #2 gets older and more independent I hope to get back into the full swing of it.
To be honest it is disheartening and emotionally crushing to be away from my major creative output in this way for so long. However I remember a similar creative lull after my first daughter was born and eventually my writing resumed as I forced myself to make time and get to work even when I wasn’t working under “ideal” conditions. If you ever want to get into a groove you have to first perform the repetition in order to carve out that groove!
So expect more from me here and elsewhere as I get back into blogging, writing, podcasting, and my other creative pursuits!